VATICAN CITY - The Vatican is now waiting for five more cardinals to reach Rome before setting the date for the conclave to elect a new pope. The Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said another handful of cardinals had arrived Monday night, bringing the number of voting-age cardinals up... more »
VATICAN CITY - Cardinals are gathering in Rome to discuss some of the major problems facing the Catholic Church ahead of the conclave to elect Benedict 's successor as pope.
Topping the agenda: Vatican scandals, Benedict's remarkable decision to resign and efforts to keep Christianity relevant in today's world.... more »
VATICAN CITY - Benedict XVI has left the Vatican for the last time as pope, flying by helicopter to the Vatican's vacation retreat hours before becoming the first pontiff to resign in 600 years. As his closest aide wept by his side, Benedict bade farewell to Vatican officials gathered in... more »
VATICAN CITY - There soon will be two pontiffs, each wearing white and each called "pope" living a few yards apart, with the same archbishop serving both. The Vatican says Pope Benedict XVI has decided that he will be known as "emeritus pope" when he retires, and will be called... more »
BATON ROUGE - Local Catholic leaders are responding to Pope Benedict XVI's resignation.
In a statement, Bishop Robert W. Muench of Baton Rouge said, "When I think of Pope Benedict, the words of St. Paul come to mind: "Whatever you do, do with your whole heart. Do it for... more »
HAVANA - Pope Benedict met today for about a half an hour with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro. The meeting followed a Mass that drew hundreds of thousands of people to the shrine of Cuba's communist revolution. In his homily, the Pope demanded greater freedome for the Catholic Church in... more »